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The Insiders: Get healthy tips and eat great food

On most days, walking down the middle of South Main Street would be dangerous and frowned upon. Like they always say, safety first.

But today is a little different. That’s because a section of the street will be closed down for Concord Food Co-op’s biggest event of the year: The seventh annual Spring into Healthy Living Fair. So to be clear, only walk in the road within the blocked off area.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is expected to be the biggest and best one yet. So get there early because there’s lots of stuff to do. What kind of stuff? We’re glad you asked.

The Club Soda Band returns for another year to fill the air with a fun mix of classic rock sure to get your head bobbing as you make your way around. Approximately 70 co-op farmers and merchants will be handing out free samples, from caramel popcorn made right here in the Granite State, to fermented veggies, honey and grilled goodies. We’re not sure about you, but free samples are right up our alley. Actually, just about anything free is great. We especially like high fives and compliments.

And that’s just the food side of it. For the kids, Traveling Barnyard will be on hand with their farm style petting zoo and P&R Reptiles is back for a chance to hold snakes and reptiles. Just make sure to wash your hands after. There is food after all – and lots of it. The co-op’s Creation Tent will host crafts and activities for all ages. And did we mention there’s face painting and cow rides? We dare you to find a reason not to check it out.

For the adults, there will be free beer, wine, mead and chocolate tastings inside. But lets not forget what this event is all about – healthy living (hence its title). Several of the co-op’s wellness educators will share healthy tips and the Penacook School of Martial Arts will have interactive presentations by some of its black belts. And before you get too excited about a bunch of belts running around, those are actually people wearing black belts.

Scott Jones, the co-op’s executive chef will be grilling up something delicious as always. We’re hungry just thinking about all the food we can stuff in our faces. The event is free and open to all ages, rain or shine.

But that’s just one of the many great events happening within the city limits today. The Concord City Auditorium will host the 14th annual Mothers Day Perennial Exchange from 8 a.m. to noon. So put some of the perennials from your garden in a can or newspaper and bring them with you. Put them on the selection table and then pick the ones you want to bring home. It’s really that easy.

There’s a plant and book sale at the Children’s Place and Parent Education Center (27 Burns Ave.) beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds for the event benefit the center.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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